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Warning: If you don't schedule time for maintenance, your equipment will schedule it for you.

Just spent a bit of time opting out using the privacy forms on some of the American companies I do business with.

Would all staff please note the new policy. Employees' mothers' must change their maiden names every 90 days.

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Guess which fire alarm company is going to become famous on the fail blogs:

So Marcus Hutchins, of fame and who had been arrested in the US has pleaded guilty to writing banking software. Over on the birdsite there's lots of strong opinions. I blogged my opinion that it's a big world out there and trying to dismiss him as a criminal or pardon him because he's a hero are fundamentally misguided.

I’m upgrading a server that runs using iocage jails. I prefer something like xcp-ng as my hypervisor. So I can completely separate upgrading the kernel from the guest OSes.

“The media reports of our security incident were wrong on several points.”
“Hi, this is Brian Krebs, the reporter who handed your ass to you. (This is your ass, isn’t it?) Which points were incorrect?”
Hilarity and sadness ensue.

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?? This is awesome! :ruby:

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Choose specific areas to focus on. Get paid for 8 hours per month, learning best practices from experienced developers and contributing to Ruby open source."

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My #blackHole humour is getting substantial attn in that other place. It just seemed to tasty to not share…

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You've met "this meeting could have been an email", now let me introduce you to "this in-person event for which multiple people have travelled could have been a Slack chat"

This is such a powerful poem. Very apropos at this junction in world history.

The only thing I am”legendary” at in is dying early.

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Americans are at such risk of identity theft. The fact that there are DOZENS of companies, each with its own opt-out hoops to jump through. There are no laws to protect people. So invasive of #privacy.

I just spent the day in Dundee, Scotland at . If you are looking for the best talent coming out of UK universities, this is the con to go to. They’re such great kids, incredibly clever, and the conference is a great time.

After the con I always pull out a box of cigars and we have “cigar-itay”.

Brexit UK politics 

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Worst feature ever: Netflix’s brutal automatic preview. It’s so against the user that is clearly designed to be that way.

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OK. Just saw someone posting "8 Character Passwords are Dead"

To support this they say how a 2080Ti GPU has passed 100 Billion guesses per second and how that means in 2.5 hours they can try every single possible password.


That's in the case of NTLM hash. A notoriously bad hash that has *no* *salt*. Even more ridiculous, because the NTLM hash is just as good as having the password. You don't need to crack the hash.

Yes, 8 character passwords should be dead, but this is bogus.

Super cool and simultaneously creepy. It’s now an arms race between things like fingerprint scanners and facial recognisers and GANs.

I'm running a pi-hole in the house now to block ads and trackers. It's absurdly easy to setup and very effective. Plus the stats are so interesting to see all the ads blocked. The best thing is that because it works at the DNS level, it affects things like TVs, mobile apps, game consoles, and other embedded devices.

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